2015 was one of those big, life-changing, in-your-face kind of years. I published a book. I had a big, scary medical emergency that took months to fully recover from. We found out that Eric was getting funding for his PhD. I applied (and got into) library school. We quit our jobs and moved from DC to Philadelphia to start our lives as full-time graduate students. I started a new part-time job.
One thing I didn’t really do? Write.
In the beginning of 2015, I put all of my energy into making A Magic Dark & Bright the best book it could possibly be before releasing it into the world. I had a plan. Things were going to go my way.
On March 1, the day after we found out that Eric was accepted into two PhD programs with full funding, I got sick. Sick like days in the hospital, four blood transfusions, countless tests, and eventually being deemed a medical mystery, sick. Sick like it took me almost two months to walk around the block without having to take a break, sick. Sick enough that I couldn’t even think about writing or blogging, even though my release date was quickly approaching. All I could do was go to work, come home, and crawl into bed.
At the end of April, I published A Magic Dark and Bright. I had an amazing launch party at One More Page Books, filled with my favorite people and cake and sparkling wine. I sold out of books and signed until my hand hurt. It was perfect. I meant to blog about it, but I was still so exhausted that I never got around to it.
Around that same time, we made pros-and-cons lists and decided we’d be moving to Philadelphia. I started looking for a full-time job. This was the first time I’d had to job-search since leaving college, and I guess I never realized just how much time it ate up. By June, I decided that if I was going to be unemployed anyway, I might as well go back to school and get my MLIS. I was accepted into Drexel’s program. We started apartment hunting. After almost a month, we found a cute little place with a yard and washing machine. I interviewed for a part-time job that looked awesome and scary and like a total long-shot until it suddenly wasn’t, and I decided to step outside of my comfort zone and accept it. We gave our notice at our jobs and started packing.
On August 15, we left DC. Eric started school while I had two weeks off to unpack and settle in. The move was rough. The adjustment to starting school full-time was also rough, especially after five years of working 9-5. I really sucked at balancing my time in the beginning of the term, but as the weeks went by, it got easier. We started to learn our way around our new neighborhood. I dove head-first into my new job, and guess what? I love it! I get to work directly with teenagers, give them free books, and connect them with some truly amazing authors. It’s awesome.
And now I’m finally, finally starting to feel at home. I’m finally starting to feel like things are stable again. 2015 was a year of upheaval in pretty much every aspect of my life. It’s no surprise that I didn’t get a lot of writing done. I can’t beat myself up over it. I can only move forward from here. Which leads me to my word of the year for 2016:
I’m currently in the middle of three books. Top priority right now is finishing up the sequel to AMD&B. I’m on a pretty firm deadline, and I’m happy with the progress I’m making, and I should be able to announce the release date soon-ish. Initially, I had hoped to be done with it by now, but between the craziness of 2015 and the fact that sequels are hard, it just isn’t where it needs to be. But it’s getting there. It’s finally starting to look like a book-shaped thing!
After that, I want to finally finish Dead Man’s Hand. I love it. I believe in it. And I’m really, really hoping to be able to query it by the time fall rolls around. I’m shelving the third book for now, since I have enough on my plate as it is!
The other thing I’m going to finish? Grad school. I’m on track to graduate in December, so I just need to keep my head down and get my work done and then I’ll be a librarian!
So. Phew. There you have it, my goals for 2016!